The Weeknd, Megan The Stallion And Doja Cat Win Big At 2020 MTV #VMAs

The 2020 MTV VMAs celebrated the year’s best music videos in their first socially distanced award ceremony which saw performances by some of the biggest names in music. Lady Gaga made a triumphant return to the MTV VMAs with a showstopping performance and was the biggest winner of the night having bagged 5 awards including Best Collaboration for “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande. The MTV VMAs aired in primetime on Monday 31 August at 17:30 CAT (Pre-show) & 19:00 CAT – 21:00 CAT (Main show) and will repeat on MTV (DStv Channel 130) at 8:00 CAT and on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) 19:00 CAT on Wednesday 2nd September. 

The 2020 MTV VMAs were hosted by actress Keke Palmer who opened the ceremony at the Empire State Building in the heart of Manhattan, New York. In her opening address, she paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman who’s untimely passing has touched the world and showed her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The ceremony was a star-studded affair with showstopping performances from music’s biggest stars. Lady Gaga performed a medley of hits including “Rain On Me” with Ariana Grande. Best New Artist winner Doja Cat performed her smash hits “Say so” and “Like That” and The Weeknd delivered an epic rendition of “Blinding Lights”. The Black Eyed Peas made a return to the MTV VMAs stage debuting their latest single “VIDA LOCA” on television for the first time. 

MTV VMAs newcomers and K-Pop supergroup BTS took to the stage to perform their hit song “Dynamite”. Miley Cyrus returned to the VMA stage with an unforgettable performance of her new song “Midnight Sky” and on the Pre-show stage Chloe x Halle delivered a stunning rendition of “Ungodly Hour”. 

The night’s big winners included Lady Gaga who took home 5 awards including the coveted “Artist of the Year” Award. Doja Cat clinched a “moonperson” for “Best New Artist” while The Weeknd went home with the prestigious “Video of the Year” award for “Blinding Lights”. other winners included BTS who won “Best Pop” & “Best Group” & Megan The Stallion won “Best Hip Hop”.

WINNERS FOR THE 2020 MTV VMAS

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga – Streamline / Interscope Records

SONG OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records

BEST COLLABORATION
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records

TRICON
Lady Gaga – Streamline / Interscope Records

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Chime Banking
Doja Cat – Kemosabe / RCA Records

BEST POP
BTS – “On” – Big Hit Entertainment

BEST R&B
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records

BEST HIP-HOP
Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage” – 300 Entertainment

BEST ALTERNATIVE
Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine” – Bad Boy / Interscope Records

BEST ROCK
Coldplay – “Orphans” – Atlantic Records

BEST LATIN
Maluma ft. J Balvin – “Qué Pena” – Sony Music Latin

VIDEO FOR GOOD
H.E.R. – ”I Can’t Breathe” – MBK / RCA Records

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME
Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U” – Republic Records / Def Jam

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE
CNCO – Unplugged At Home

BEST K-POP
BTS – “On” – Big Hit Entertainment

BEST GROUP
BTS – “On” – Big Hit Entertainment

SONG OF SUMMER
BLACKPINK – “How You Like That” – Interscope Records / YG Entertainment

EVERYDAY HEROES: FRONTLINE MEDICAL WORKERS, Brought to you by EXTRA® Gum
Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson – ‘Imagine’ 
Dr. Nate Wood – ‘Lean On Me’  
Jefferson University Hospital’s Swab Squad – ‘Level Up’ 
Jason ‘Tik Tok Doc’ Campbell  
Lori Marie Key – ‘Amazing Grace’
*all winners

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift – “The Man” – Republic Records – Directed by Taylor Swift

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records – Cinematography by Michael Merriman

BEST ART DIRECTION
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – RCA Records – Art Direction by Christian Stone

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Warner Records – Visual Effects by EIGHTY4 and MATHEMATIC

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
BTS – “On” – Big Hit Entertainment – Choreography by The Lab and Son Sung Deuk

BEST EDITING
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – RCA Records – Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico

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